Burns Night and the Ode to the Haggis

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Burns Night and the Ode to the Haggis

2009 sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s favourite poet and author of the immortal poem, ‘Address to a Haggis’
This poem will be recited all over the world on January 25th as part of the traditional Burns Night Supper. The annual ritual of the Burns Supper was started by close friends of Robert Burns a few years after his death and the format remains largely unchanged today.
It begins with the chairman of the Supper inviting the assembled company to welcome in the haggis, often accompanied by a piper. The poem ‘Address to a Haggis’ is then recited and the haggis is toasted with a glass of whisky. The evening ends with a rousing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
So who was Robert Burns – and what is a haggis? Is it a rare wild beastie that has to be hunted (as some souvenir shop owners would like us to believe!) or is it a concoction of rather unappetising ingredients, including a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs which are then traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach? The finished pudding is traditionally served with ‘neeps and tatties’ (mashed potato and turnip) and washed down with a wee dram of whiskey.
Robert Burns is remembered for his verse and love-songs. His most famous long poem is ‘Tam O’Shanter’, the story of a man who disturbs a coven of witches and has to flee for his life. The fastest witch nearly catches him by the river, but the running water makes her powerless and Tam manages to escape.
Although he died relatively young at 37, his memory will live on at Burns Suppers all over the globe this January 25th: the haggis will be welcomed in again and again with the immortal words,
“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding race!”

Humayun’s Tomb

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Humayun’s Tomb

Said to be the forerunner of The Taj Mahal, this mausoleum is the final resting place of Humayun, the 2nd Great Mughal. Built in 1565 AD by the emperor’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, it is the first Mughal Tomb in India.

Said to be the forerunner of The Taj Mahal, this mausoleum is the final resting place of Humayun, the 2nd Great Mughal.  Built in 1565 AD by the emperor’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, it is the first Mughal Tomb in India.

Humayun came to power in 1530AD and ruled till 1542AD when he was ousted by the Afghan chief, Sher Shah Sur. Taking refuge in Persia, from being a strict Sunni, he not only became a liberal due to the Shia influence of the Persian Court, but brought from there the art of miniature painting to India. In 1555, leading a Persian army, Humayun recaptured Hindustan, taking Delhi in AUG1555AD. He died on 24JAN1556 – becoming the only Mughal Emperor with an interrupted reign viz 1530-42 and 1555-56AD.

The Tomb is set in a formal garden the style of which was brought to India by Babar, the founder of the Mughal Dynasty. This style of garden is known as Char Bagh or 4 gardens, where the site was divided into 4 squares, each then being further divided into 4 squares by means of footpaths and water canals. Water tanks located at the crossings of canals were equipped with fountains whose cooling sprays lowered the ambient temperature in the garden.

This magnificent monument built of red sand stone with marble inlays, delicate filigree screens and intricate carvings represents many firsts in the Mughal architecture of India: it was the first garden tomb; the first to be built with a double dome – the inner one to match the interior proportions, and the outer one to maintain balance of exterior form; the first tomb to have a dome set on a drum; and, the first to use marble inlay extensively to emphasize architectural form.

Sadly, the monument, a leisure retreat for later Mughal emperors, also saw the death throes of the dynasty. It was here, in the tomb of his ancestor, that the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge from the British in 1857. On the promise of amnesty for him and his family, the emperor surrendered, but was exiled to Burma, and his sons butchered under the Khooni Darwaza by the British. Numerous Mughal kings, princes and family members are buried in here as this tomb was also envisaged as the family crypt.

Travel packages to Yamunotri

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Travel packages to Yamunotri

Yamunotri is a very famous spot for trekking, and is very popular due the captivating route that one has to take while on the way to Yamunotri. The beautiful streams with sweet mineral water and its lovely surroundings make the trek to Yamunotri not only a very fascinating one but also a very rejuvenating one.  The beautiful sceneries and the lush green surroundings are a perfect way to treat your tired and weary body to the magic of nature and its power to completely soak you in to its lap and make you want to come back again and again for more.  There are many travel packages to Yamunotri that help tourists to get to Yamunotri in comfort.

The trek from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri offers some of the most scintillating views that one can possibly come across in life. If you are one of the adventurous kinds then you can choose from any of the travel packages to Yamunotri that include trekking in their package. The package not only offers you a guide to help you all along your way to Yamunotri but also includes overnight accommodation in camps in Janki Chatti in order to get some rest before you continue your trek to Yamunotri. The camps offer a comfortable stay to all the tourists.

There are different travel packages to Yamunotri that offer around 5 to 10 days itinerary that covers your journey from any of the big cities like Delhi or Dehradoon towards Yamunotri. The number of days in your trip would be dependent on the places that you would be covering on your journey towards Yamunotri. Many trips even cover the other pilgrimage places nearby such as Gangotri, Kedarnath and Haridwar in the same package. This travel package is one of the most sought after travel packages to Yamunotri.

Most travel packages include accommodation in the different places that are going to be covered in the packages thereby making it a comfortable vacation for the visitor. The travel packages to Yamunotri would vary on cost depending upon the budget of the hotel that you would like to put up in while on your trip. There are many tents and camping hotels that offer a very economical as well as beautiful experience in the lap of nature. If you are an adventure enthusiast choosing one such camping option would be a very good idea.

Luxury Tours of India, Luxury Rajasthan Tour in India

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Luxury Tours of India, Luxury Rajasthan Tour in India

India is a state wherever history, fare, culture, tradition and life redefine and exhibit a diversity that is indifferent and seldom originate in any other place in the world. It is a paradigm of unity that exists regardless of of diversity and is a wonderful fusion of the old and the new. Being the amazing earth of the Maharajas, it is symbolic of the royal lifestyle and royal splint that comes alive in the magnificent palaces that have been developed into beautiful heritage hotels without compromising on the age-old beauty of the wonderful architecture and splendor. India Luxury travel packages present a number of Travel packages of which the most fascinating is the India luxury Travel packages .
The luxury Travel Packages of India include touring something else cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur as part of the golden triangle tours, wherever you can see the magnificent palaces and forts of the Mughals and the Rajputs. You can also knowledge the regal splendor and luxury of the rulers of Rajasthan with the help of the Palace on Wheels luxury train tour. The luxury art and architecture tour of India enlightens the visitors on the ancient art and architectural fashions of the state and their evolution over thousands of years of Indian history.
The various exotic attractions or tours that are included in the Indian luxury tour packages include Ajanta and Ellora caves, structure and museum tour, great Taj Mahal tour, Kerala backwater tour, Birding tour of India, Kerala culinary tour, India and Rajasthan Tour and Travel, Holiday in Kerala, art and structure tour Travel , North India highlights Tour, Tours to Goa, Rajasthan Tour and Travel , beach tour of India, camel trip in Thar Desert, North India tourand Travel , India and Nepal tour, Palace on wheels, South India sojourn, exotic Rajasthan tour, Golden triangle tour, art and culture tour, rejuvenation tours to India, and adventure tours of India. Each coach of the Palace on Wheels is set in the luxury of one of the major sizeable states of Rajasthan, complete with their royal insignia, coat of arms, architectural traits and handicrafts of the region, and traditional motifs.
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in South India, where antiquated culture has learned to coexist with modern developments of today in sublime harmony and balance. It is in Deccan India that you will find some of the best Spa and Ayurveda resorts in the world, meting out original Ayurvedic treatments and massages as well as a mix of traditional and foreign press therapies and innovative treatments to heal you better. The vast space and rich landscapes offers tourists the opportunity to experience the curative power of Nature. The Indian sub continent is blessed with an amazing mixture of wildlife starting from swarming insect colonies to majestic herds of elephants to extremely endangered Royal Bengal Tigers and one-horned rhinoceros that certainly make India an mammal lover’s paradise.

Love Your Camping Travel While Holding And Ultralight Backpacking Tent

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Love Your Camping Travel While Holding And Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Travel issues may have clouded the minds of the most hopeful individuals. They are most fearful of the fact that they may be too much exhausted from carrying their things and other camping equipments to their area of stay that they may never enjoy the actual camping activity anymore. This is indeed a truthful statement before. However, with the utilization of new technology and the collaboration of functional design in camping equipments, the development of an ultralight backpacking tent has been produced by major innovative manufacturers of the camping equipments mad available for the market.

The ultralight backpacking tent is noted not only for its weight but for its amazing structure wonders which makes it easier to establish in the camping area. Unlike what others expect, the ultralight backpacking tent is not composed of second-rate features that would be lesser compared to those of the other backpacking tents that are likely heavier to carry.

Does an Ultralight Backpacking Tent Come with Other Features?

An ultralight backpacking tent is specially designed camping equipment that aims to create a more convenient travel activity for those wanting to track a certain path of travel through walking towards the main camping site. Through using an ultralight backpacking tent the adventurers are ensured of better source of power for travel. With much power reserved for the camping activity, a much better enjoyed vacation and camping activity could be expected from the trip.

Aside from simply being light weight, ultralight backpacking tent works well in terms of being established within the camping site. It could be noted that through the said camping equipment, the adventurers are given the chance to use more time enjoying the trip rather than spending too much time trying to find out how to establish the tent.

Certainly, ultralight backpacking tent features the most convenient provisions that any backpacking equipment could provide to its users. Through purchasing an ultralight backpacking tent, your travel towards the campsite is certainly ensured of becoming more fruitful making you more refreshed than overly tired of your journey.

Enjoy Your Trip: Purchase an Ultralight Backpacking Tent Now

Light and functional, these are the main characteristics of the ultralight backpacking tent. Along with the said features, the backpacking camping tent is also durable making it a fine purchase at the present as an investment towards future use. This is the reason why it is recommended that you try to purchase an ultralight backpacking tent for your own use now for the sake of having better backpacking vacations in the future.

Most Popular U

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Most Popular U.S. Tourist Destinations

Orlando was America’s top tourist attraction in ’09 with 48 million visitors, achieving a 12 percent increase in overseas visitors.  Its hotel occupancy rate fell a little short of 61 percent, meaning hotel discounts were plentiful.  New York came in number two in popularity and was able to rent 77 percent of its hotel rooms.  Chicago, Anaheim and Miami filled out the top five most popular U.S. cities.

Warm weather states drew the most travelers during the height of the recession last year.  Florida’s tourist spending came in at $69 billion, with California reaping $96 billion from visitors.  California’s hottest vacation spot was Anaheim, which even though it experienced a drop still drew almost 43 million visitors, many of who were checking out its theme parks. The southern Gulf coast as a whole is a very popular vacation spot that is experiencing major losses due to the oil leak. It is expected to miss a large part of its summer traffic as the oil continues to roll into the beaches there.

Orlando’s visitor count rose slightly in ’09 going from 48.7 to 48.9 million.  The drawing power of Disney was demonstrated by it attracting about 17 million guests.

Las Vegas suffered one of the biggest declines in tourists last year, running a 6 percent drop in international travel.  Overall Las Vegas is still doing relatively well as indicated by its 81.5 percent hotel occupancy rate, higher than any other top tourist destination even after in added more than 10,000 hotel rooms with the opening of CityCenter, Hard Rock’s new tower, and other additions.

The good news for tourists is that Las Vegas’ high occupancy rate was achieved by hotels deeply discounting their room rates.

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